Barnett S. Koven is a Senior Researcher/Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence. He is also an Affiliated Scholar at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University, a Professorial Lecturer in Political Science & International Affairs at the George Washington University (GWU), an Adjunct Presenter at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School and a part-time Quantitative Social Scientist at Performance Systems, LLC. Koven received his Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in Political Science, as well as a B.A. in International Affairs and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies from GWU. He also holds a Certificate in Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace and a Certificate in Advanced Security in the Field from the United Nations System Staff College.
Koven has conducted extensive overseas research in conflict and post-conflict zones. His work employs cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative methods to answer pressing defense and homeland security questions. Specifically, he focuses on issues pertaining to counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, counter-narcotics, gray zone conflict, security cooperation, organized criminal violence, weapons availability and conflict onset, post-conflict reconstruction, and the material and non-material sources of military power. Koven has received research funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the DHS and the National Nuclear Security Administration, as well as from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy and GWU. A complete list of journal articles, book chapters and policy publications can be found on his personal website: barnettkoven.weebly.com.
In addition to his aforementioned academic affiliations, Koven regularly instructs Combating Terrorism Seminars at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, SC. He is also a frequent presenter during the various lecture series curated by the Strategic Multi-layer Assessment Branch of the DoD, as well as to myriad other U.S. government and university audiences. Moreover, Koven routinely provides terrorism analysis on national and international media broadcasts.
Beyond academia, Koven is the Vice President and Director of Events at the Godparents of the Children of Instituto Mundo Libre, a non-profit organization providing safe housing, rehabilitation and vocational training to homeless children in Peru. In addition, Koven is a Board Member at Mindot, a non-profit educational platform for developing the next generation of local leaders and agents of social change. Finally, he is an Advisor at Concordia, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding public-private partnerships.
- The George Washington University, Ph.D., Political Science, 2017
- The George Washington University, M.Phil., Political Science, 2016
- The George Washington University, M.A., Political Science, 2015
- The George Washington University, B.A., International Affairs and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies, summa cum laude, departmental honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 2012
- United States Institute of Peace, Certificate in Conflict Analysis, 2008
- United Nations System Staff College, Certificate in Advanced Security in the Field, 2008
- 2014 Horowitz Foundation Award Research Grant ($7,500), 2015-2016
- 2014 Harrold D. Lasswell Award Special Recognition Research Grant ($1,500), 2015-2016
- The George Washington University Fellowship Research Grant (11,250), 2015-2016
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention (one of 15 in political science)
- Co-founder and Chair, The Village Energy Project, Inc., 2009-2017
- Vice President and Director of Events, Godparents of the Children of Instituto Mundo Libre, 2010-Present
- Advisor, Concordia, 2016-Present
- Analyst, McGovern Consulting LLC, 2012-2012
- Treasurer and Executive Board Member, World Information Transfer, Inc. 2008-2012
- Volunteer, Healing the Children, 2005-2012
- Research Associate, Institute for the Analysis of Solar Energy, 2008-2009